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August 28, 2009


Can We Talk Public Forum

On June 30, 2009, more than 240 people attended a community dialogue at the Little Rock AME Zion Church to discuss the topic of meeting basic human needs in difficult economic times. This meeting, which was organized by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, Community Building Initiative, and Mecklenburg Ministries, stimulated an interest in comprehensive human services strategy in Mecklenburg County. As a result, elected officials in Mecklenburg County discussed whether to continue exploring this idea. The general consensus was that there is merit in taking next steps.

One of these next steps was a follow-up dialogue to gather additional public input on developing a strategy for human services in our community. This meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at University Park Baptist Church located at 6029 Beatties Ford Road.

Panelists for this discussion are: Taylor Batten, The Charlotte Observer; Brett Loftis, Council for Children’s Rights; Dana McDonald, University Park Baptist Church; Pat Mumford, City of Charlotte; Mary Wilson, Mecklenburg County DSS. The moderators for the evening are Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce; and Willie Ratchford, Community Relations Committee.


For additional information or to RSVP, contact Renee Thompson at 704-336-2424 or by email.

Area Mental Health to Host Public Forum


Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health’s Local Management Entity (AMH) will host a public meeting on Monday, August 31, 2009 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Sam Billings Center, 429 Billingsley Road, 2nd Floor, Conference Rooms A/B/C/D.


The goal of the meeting is to obtain public input regarding the criteria to be used by AMH in reducing its budget to accommodate state funding cuts. The state budget calls for a $40 million reduction in services to consumers provided through LMEs (Local Management Entity). Staff is still trying to determine the impact this reduction will have on Mecklenburg’s AMH LME. For FY10, AMH’s budget also was reduced by $4.6 million in county funding.

Throughout this process, AMH will keep the public informed on state budget reduction decisions and how public input influences these results.

For more information, Board members may contact AMH Director, Grayce Crockett at 704-336-8638 or by email.


- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager

Tuesday, September 1
  • 3pm, Criminal Justice Committee Meeting, 11th Floor Conference Room
  • 5pm, Dinner Meeting, CH14
  • 6pm, Regular Meeting, Chamber

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